The reason I chose to both intern and study abroad was to make myself that much more competitive in the job market when it’s time to launch my career – or whatever is it that you do after leaving the comfort and security of being a college student. I don’t want to think about that just yet, but I’m glad I chose this dichotomy. I’m a student with little-to-no responsibilities other than writing some papers and enjoying my youth while also being an adult with bills, early mornings, and a few grey hairs every now and then. Among the 200 students in our study abroad program, 11 of us are interning in areas of our respective fields of study including fashion, political science, theatre, economics, consulting, etc.
This finance internship is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life. Oftentimes, we get frustrated when we spends thousands of dollars in college and thousands of hours in the library for a degree we may never use. I am beyond grateful that I have an internship placement where I am able to refer to concepts I learned in my accounting, finance, and investments classes and apply them to the real world. On a normal day, I am responsible for processing payments from our maritime affiliates, making journal entries and adjustments, converting foreign currency payments into GBP, creating excel models, crying, and making all of my colleagues laugh. We are in audit season so all of our 2016 transactions and journals are being reviewed by external auditors. This is the busiest time of the year for us, but I am learning something new every hour of the day. I’d always been torn between a career in accounting or a career in finance. For someone outside of the business world, these two are one in the same, which couldn’t be further from the truth. This internship is helping me solidify which of these two careers fields I find the most fulfillment from and what I’m willing to spend the rest of my academic and professional career pursuing.